Forschung und Lehre zum Sentimentalen


Forschung und Lehre zum Sentimentalen (während der Laufzeit des Graduiertenkollegs ab 1.4.2022)



  • upcoming: “The Sentimental Disposition of (Popular) Trans- and Posthumanism: Westworld and Humans” (June 2024)
  • upcoming: Sam Mendes: Skyfall (2012) [early 2024]
  • “Zur filmischen Repräsentation britischer Arbeiterklassen, c. 1960-2000: Heroisches, Sentimentales – und Männliches”, in: Victoria Gutsche, Ronja Holzinger, Larissa Pfaller und Melissa Sarikaya (ed.): Distinktion, Ausgrenzung und Mobilität. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf soziale Ungleichheit (Erlangen: FAU University Press, 2022), 195-219 (FAU Studien Gender Differenz Diversität, Vol. 2). Open Access. DOI: 10.25593/978-3-96147-554-4. [mit Doris Feldmann]
  • “Basil Dearden’s Violent Playground (1958): Masculinity, Class, and Sentimental Politics”, in: Carmen Dexl, Silvia Gerlsbeck (ed.): The Male Body in Representation: Returning to Matter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), 75-95 (Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender) ISBN: 978-3-030-88603-5.
  • Violent Playground (1958)” in: Heike Paul, Sarah Marak, Katharina Gerund, Marius Henderson (ed.): Lexicon of Global Melodrama (Bielefeld: transcript, 2022), 107-110 (Global Sentimentality, Vol. 1). Open Access. DOI: 10.1515/9783839459737.
  • The Night of the Hunter (1955)”, in: Heike Paul, Sarah Marak, Katharina Gerund, Marius Henderson (ed.): Lexicon of Global Melodrama (Bielefeld: transcript, 2022), 95-98 (Global Sentimentality, Vol. 1). Open Access. DOI: 10.1515/9783839459737.



  • upcoming: “Feeling Blue: Digital Nostalgia in Skyfall (2012)” (Universität des Saarlandes, 19.12.2023)
  • “The Sentimental Disposition of (Popular) Trans- and Posthumanism” (20.5.2022). Research Conference Posthuman Encounters: Desires, Fears, and the Uncanny (19-21.5.2022), Saarland University, Saarbrücken
  • “A Night at the Theatre: Cultural Practices of Late 18th- and Early 19th-Century Melodrama” (21.04.2022). Guest lecture, Department of Languages and Literature, University of Basel (Switzerland)



  • Thematisches Kombimodul (Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik): “Historicity and Sentimentality” (Wintersemester 2023-24)
  • Hauptseminar “The Sentimental Disposition of Popular Posthumanism” (Sommersemester 2023)

We will focus on TV (HBO’s Westworld [2016–20] and Channel 4’s Humans [2015–18]), but will also consider H.G. Wells’ 1896 work of science fiction, The Island of Dr. Moreau and other, shorter texts to consider how popular trans- and posthumanist fictions do not just inquire into the politics of what it means to be ‘human’, but how they use sentimental tropes and scripts in the process.

  • Hauptseminar “Tears, Idle Tears”: Sadness and Loss in 19th-Century British Culture” (Sommersemester 2022)

“Tears, idle, tears, I know not what they mean, / Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes”, Tennyson wrote in his pseudo-mediaeval long poem The Princess in 1847. Sentimentality, Carolyn Burdett has argued, defines Victorian culture and tone as much as the mills of the industrial north, the poverty of city slums, or the extension of the franchise. This seminar looks at representations of sadness and suffering, loss and nostalgia in British literature and culture of the 19th century, and the cultural and ideological work that they do. In addition to poetry such as Tennyson’s, we will look at Victorian melodrama, genre paintings, and social problem novels of the 1830s and ’40s – specifically those of Charles Dickens (famously celebrated – or denigrated – by Trollope as “Mr Popular Sentiment” in 1855).


Sonstiges (Auswahl)

  • Einführung in Charles Laughtons Die Nacht des Jägers / The Night of the Hunter im Rahmen der Filmreihe Global Melodrama – Das Melodram im Weltkino in Kooperation mit dem Filmhaus Nürnberg (27.5.2022)
  • Beitrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltung “Sentimentalität erfahren – Experiencing Sentimentality” (Kay Kirchmann) im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften 2022, Experimentiertheater der FAU (21.5.2022)